Lately Patrick Eaves has gotten playing time in Stars' first line with Seguin and Benn and he has 7 points in the last 4 games. Last night against Chicago he scored a hat trick in the first period. The game ended 4-2.
Eaves entered with four goals in 34 games, but he put Dallas in front at 3:19 with a wicked shot over Crawford's right shoulder. After Klingberg scored on a backhand that went off the right knee of Blackhawks defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson and through Crawford's legs, Eaves tacked on a pair of power-play goals.
Seguin found a wide-open Eaves in front for a redirection past Crawford on the glove side at 16:26. He added a rebound goal off Seguin's shot with 16 seconds left in the period.
I suppose the salary cap and how high the average salaries are reasons why recent bad contracts are even worse than they used to be. Still it would be interesting to read about bad contracts from previous decades. Something like in 1953 Bruins gave a monstrous $500/year contract to a defender who ended up being a bust and the francise barely escaped bankruptcy.
Wes McCauley is a patient referee with very sound judgment. He is not one to overreact. I can guarantee that there was way too much being said from the penalty box, the players' bench and on the ice by the Penguin players that resulted in the unsportsmanlike conduct and misconduct penalty that was assessed to Kunitz at the end of the period. There was absolutely no need for Kunitz to go out of his way to slide the puck in the direction of referee McCauley who was standing at the Zamboni entrance waiting to exit the ice. When players engage in excessive whining and complaining, as it appeared the Penguins did in the first period, the referee will stop the 'drip' and shut off the tap by imposing a penalty. Teams can develop a reputation for whining no differently than players do for diving and embellishment.
The Penguins have earned the undesirable reputation with several of the referees for having too much to say. As a team, they need to turn off the tap on their own as they move toward the playoffs. The referees' patience has already worn thin.
Posted by P. Marlowe
on 22 February 2015 - 01:21 PM
Ericsson fought Benn earlier in the game. I thought that thing was supposed to stop cheap shots and make rats and other rodents scared. Still Benn hit Z right in front of Ericsson. How is that possible? Didn't Ericsson enforce Benn enough or is Benn just too much of a rat to understand "the code"?
Posted by P. Marlowe
on 19 January 2015 - 03:36 AM
9 wins in the last 12 games. I'm glad that after the awful 1st period they didn't go the good ole Canadian eating-lumberjacks-for-breakfast-with-Don-Cherry-pie rote throwing tantrums and "sending a message" and actually worked hard to salvage the situation.
All 11 of Buffalo's defeats during this skid have been in regulation. The last time a team lost 11 in a row, all in regulation, was when Pittsburgh dropped 13 straight from Jan. 13-Feb. 12, 2004, according to STATS.
I wish Sabres will win soon and one of the Penguins greatest records stays intact.